Ph.D. Admissions

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Degree Requirement

Entry to the Ph.D. program requires an LL.M. degree in law. Most of our Ph.D. applicants have completed an LL.M. degree at the University of Washington School of Law. However, we do welcome applications from individuals with equivalent academic standing and a demonstrated capacity for advanced research and writing. The LL.M. degree may be counted toward the credit necessary for the Ph.D. program.

Language Ability


International and foreign-educated applicants are expected to have a high level of ability in reading, writing, and delivering presentations in English.
The following minimum score is required, although a higher score is desired:

  • 580 TOEFL
  • 237 TOEFLC
  • 92 TOEFLiBT
  • 90 Michigan Language Test
  • 7.0 IELTS

Students whose first language is not English must be proficient in English and must have, or plan to acquire, proficiency in the language(s) needed to undertake their research project.

Research Interest

Applicants must have a clear research interest that is current that builds on their existing knowledge and skills.

Contact Us

UW Law Ph.D Program
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
4293 Memorial Way
Seattle, WA 98195-3020

Last updated 1/30/2014